<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Command, Atlantic Area, Fifth Coast Guard District, Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Prevention Department, Baltimore, Maryland.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This position serves as both the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Examiner providing commercial fishing industry vessel examination services and as a senior technical expert regarding the local commercial fishing industry.<br /><br />Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:<br /> <ul> <li>Conducting technical reviews to determine compliance with regulations and applicable standards.</li> <li>Determining that vessels to be examined have the proper documents and certificates on board and in effect.</li> <li>Examining all required navigation, communication, alarm, lifesaving, firefighting, and pollution prevention systems to ensure that they are operating properly and in compliance with applicable standards.</li> <li>Examining the vessels accessible hull, including hull envelope, internal structural members, protrusions, fittings, appendages, holding areas, special use structures, and structural fire protection to ensure that they are in sound condition.</li> <li>Examining the vessels machinery, including propulsion equipment, control machinery, auxiliary machinery, special deck, derrick and vessel pumping equipment, damage and fire control machinery, electrical and power generation systems, piping, transfer and monitoring systems to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and are in compliance with applicable design, installation, and operational standards.</li> <li>Drafting examination reports, analyses, and routine general correspondence related to fishing industry vessel examination and regulations.</li> <li>This position requires significant physical effort. </li> </ul> <br />**The vessel examiner is required to climb vertical ladders, to enter confined spaces such as fish holds, double bottoms and engine rooms, to walk for prolonged periods in a stooped position and to work at a considerable height above the ground or sea on slippery decks.**<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional CONUS travel.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 11 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required.</li> <li>The position requires a valid state driver's license.</li> <li>Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.</li> </ul> <br /><br />All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level (in the Federal sector). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. Examples of specialized experience include: planning, scheduling, and conducting on site examinations of commercial fishing industry vessels for compliance with all applicable federal regulations; working with Federal, state, and local agencies, and fishing industry to promote commercial fishing industry safety; providing advanced training in the enforcement of marine safety, pollution prevention, vessel manning laws, regulations, treaties and international conventions.<br /><br />National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.<br /><br />FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.<br /><br />DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here <br /><br />Recruitment incentives may be authorized.<br /><br />All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.<br /><br />For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources .<br /><br />More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.<br /><br />If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6284. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. <br /><br />The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of commercial fishing vessel safety principles, practices, procedures, and standards.</li> <li>Ability to plan, organize, and implement a safety compliance, and examination program for the commercial fishing industry.</li> <li>Knowledge of various commercial fishing industry vessels and activities, and marine casualty reporting requirements.</li> <li>Knowledge of the laws, treaties, conventions, regulations, and directives relating to vessel navigation, vessel safety, vessel manning, and pollution prevention.</li> <li>Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing in order to document inspection findings and provided adequate briefings to the chain of command.</li> </ul> <br />If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: <br />1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis. <br />2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. <br />3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume. <br /><br />Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here. <br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />1. Your resume<br />2. Your responses to the online questionnaire<br />3. If you are qualifying based on education, submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here. <br />4. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility. <br />5. If you are claiming veterans' preference, please submit the following documents. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail. <br /> a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submit legible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. 5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.<br /> b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. <br /> c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. If claiming 10 point preference, you must provide required documentation described on the back of the SF-15 which proves that you are entitled to such preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.<br /> d. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.<br />6. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here. <br /><br />All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211SE), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE, STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.